Entrance Location(s) & Parking Info: Parking is available at the Uxbridge Arena (291 Brock St W, Uxbridge ON L9P1G1).

Wayfinding Posts: Wayfinding posts all face north with a map of the trail and post numbers with a "you are here" indicator.

Trail Description:

The South Balsam Trail offers a delightful outdoor experience, suitable for various activities including walking, running, cycling, and even winter activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trail covers approximately 3 kilometers and presents a moderate level of challenge due to its length and diverse terrains.

Around half of the trail meanders through thick, old-growth forests and newly reforested fields, providing a peaceful and serene ambiance. The other half of the trail navigates through town streets, offering a blend of natural beauty and urban surroundings.

Identification plaques featuring information about specimen trees enhance the trail’s educational aspect. These plaques can be particularly instructive for walkers and school field trips, contributing to a deeper understanding of the local ecosystem.

The trail’s history intertwines with the Collins family, who purchased land from Dr. Beswick. John Collins, known for his protective attitude toward his woods, likely contributed to the survival of much of the original forest in the area. A historical note from 1840, found in the Uxbridge Historical Centre, highlights John Collins’ commitment to preserving timber resources.

Forsythe Drive takes its name from the family that acquired a significant portion of the land in this area around 1915. The history of the region dates back to 1805 when the Crown granted the land to Dr. Christopher Beswick. Although he wasn’t a Quaker, Dr. Beswick’s journey took him from Catawissa, Pennsylvania, to Uxbridge, creating an interesting connection between the two towns. Beswick Lane commemorates his legacy.

It’s worth noting that the South Balsam Trail intersects with two other trails. At Forsythe Drive (SB5), you’ll notice a wayfinder post (BN1) for the Butternut Trail. Additionally, at the corner of South Balsam St. and Brock St. W., you’ll find connections to the Butternut Trail and the Quaker Trail on the north side of Brock St. W. Both of these trails, like South Balsam, offer a loop experience that combines the beauty of nature and the charm of the town’s sidewalks.